Missouri law encourages employers to promote ridesharing and provide commuting alternatives for employees.
Missouri law defines “ridesharing” as an arrangement among members of a fixed group for van pool transportation between their homes and workplaces in a single daily round trip, when the driver is also going to or from work. Time spent in a ridesharing trip is not considered work time, unless the employer specifically agrees.
Employers are not liable for injuries incurred in any vehicle they don't own, lease, or contract for, or merely because they encourage ridesharing, or provide information or incentives. Also, workers' compensation coverage does not apply to injuries received while participating in a ridesharing agreement unless the employer owns, leases, or contracts for the motor vehicle.
Counties and municipalities in Missouri may not impose taxes on or require a license for a ridesharing arrangement. Vehicles registered as van pools and used in ridesharing are issued a special van pool license plate, except for those owned or operated by a state or local agency.
State and local governments may authorize the use of their motor vehicles to be used in ridesharing arrangements for their employees, for fees that cover the cost of buying, operating, and insuring the vehicle, and for depreciation (MO Rev. Stat. Sec. 285.200
). The state Office of Administration supports carpooling for state employees. For more information and to access the automated carpool reservation service, go to http://content.oa.mo.gov